Archives for February 5, 2004

If the shop vac fails…

kill as few patients as possible: Attack of the foods, plus the ER uses of a shop vac
go to the ER!

F-16 crash in-cockpit video

The House of Rapp: Thunderbird Crash

Thanks to the House of Rapp, you can see (probably for a limited time) an in cockpit video of the pilot performing the “Split-S” manuver, and ejecting from the aircraft.

Two things: this is a 4.1 MB file, so unless you have a broadband connection, don’t even try it. Learn a foreign language instead.

Second: we’re looking at the pilot throughout the manuver, and cannot appreciate the ground rushing up at us, so suddenly he punches out, and it’s not clear why.

What is clear is how quickly he made the decision to leave, and how suddenly he left thereafter. I’ll bet he didn’t even have time to inhale before the ejection. Amazing.

This isn’t an aircraft crash blog, but it’s interesting to me.

Update: even more fascinating crash footage here: AVWeb. via The Cellar

Here’s the video, in case The House of Rapp elects to stop hosting someday.

HIPPA and the Clergy

Read this Overlawyered

This bizarre desire to codify and classify all interactions, and criminalize some, is having some unintended consequences. Go figure. The over-regulation of medicine, without any demonstrable benefit to the vast majority, continues.

Now, does anyone think this will be repealed, or just infinitely refined through infinite additions and interpretations. The speech police aren’t far behind this. I predict that within 5 years it’s “HIPPA says you cannot talk about “x” with your patient”, and as we’re powerless to banish the camel’s hindquarters (its nose having gotten in long ago), we’ll have no recourse but to comply.

Go read the HIPPA page, and see if you are interested in wading throught the minutiae, all solidly in the law, and waiting to bite you in the butt if you work in medicine. Becaue, you know, it’s a civil right to have my every patient interaction codified and subject to bureaucratic overregulation.

Update: broken link now fixed. Thanks, Geena!